AAP Leader Gopal Rai: Disqualification is EC’s Gift To PM Modi
Written by: Tanya Patel - January 20, 2018
After the Election Commission Of India recommended the disqualification of 20 Aam Aadmi Party Legislators, Kejriwal’s party attacked the EC and PM Modi. AAP targeted Election Commission Chief A. K. Joti and stated the disqualification was a gift for Modi.
At a press meet on Saturday, AAP Leader Gopal Rai stated Mr. Joti was the former Principal Secretary in Gujarat when PM Modi was Chief Minister in the State. Rai made this comment to point out that the present PM and the Chief of the EC are close.
The Party Leader rubbished the EC allegations and said, “The disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs was his gift to PM Modi. What is the reason for this gift? Why has he called for MLAs suspension just a few days before his retirement? Aam Aadmi Party and the country want to know this.”
Rai argues that the EC has not given the AAP Legislators to give their side of the story before implementing a punishment. Rai said, “Nobody heard our version…even during the time of British a fake hearing was conducted but we were not given any hearing.”
The AAP Leader further added, “Everyone in the country has only one question on their mind: What was the compulsion for him to take the decision with only two days to retire.”
The EC has asked President Kovind to disqualify these Legislators for allegedly holding offices of profit as Parliamentary Secretaries. A few hours after the news emerged Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter to respond to the allegations.
Six of the AAP lawmakers attempted to prevent the poll panel from issuing orders that will disqualify them with a petition to the High Court. The Court has agreed to hear the petition from the AAP members but the hearing was put off to Monday. This was done after the Election Commission’s lawyer was unable to confirm if the panel sent the recommendation to the President.
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